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Programming Beats Straight into Logic Pro X

Logic users are spoilt with the number of ways to program drums: Ultrabeat's step sequencer, the Piano Roll, Hyper Editor... and also the main window. Darren Burgos explores the path least used.

5 Unusual Things Every Sound Designer Should Try

It's easy to get stuck using the same tools every day. Using new tools and processes can lead to reinvigorating your creations. Here's 5 tools every sound designer should check out.

Traktor DJ Tutorial: Metadata Sync

DJing on the go is a real possibility thanks to Native Instruments' Traktor DJ for iOS. And one of the most convenient features, Metadata Sync, allows you to share info between Traktor Pro & DJ.

Adding Random Chaos to your Tracks in Bitwig Studio

Give your tracks in Bitwig Studio some variety with random chaos. Gary Hiebner shows how to introduce some unexpected nuances using Bitwig's built-in tools.

Unleash Your Beats in FL Studio

C'mon, who doesn't like their beats served big?! If you enjoy slick shuffles, funky flams and crazy note bursts, then this FL Studio beat building tutorial will get your juices flowing.

The Ultimate Guide to Making Music (from Start to Finish) on iPad

The iPad is fast becoming a fully featured platform for audio production. We give you the lowdown on how it could even become your main studio tool…

Accelerated Mixing Tricks In Ableton Live 9

Don't let mixing feel like a chore! Using some of Ableton Live 9's handy commands and features you can cut through the clinical aspects and make your tracks sound great in the process.

Logic Pro X Creative Effects Returns


You may already know how use an effects return in Logic, but using dynamic effects plug-ins in conjunction with returns can make your creative effects even more... creative!

Improve Your Recorded Guitar Sound Using Filtering

No one likes a muddy, cluttered mix. Rich Tozzoli shows how to use filtering (EQ) to get those guitars shining through. (audio examples included).

5 Ways to Get a More Organic Feel in Reason

It's time to break away from the grid. Think outside the box and get your "organic" or human shuffle going with these 5 quick tips for Reason users from Hollin Jones.

Side Chaining Bass in Logic Pro

Become a side chain scientist in Logic Pro X, with this compact yet informative mixing technique on how to side chain bass in Logic Pro X. Matt Vanacoro makes side chaining accessible for all!

Create a Simple Electro Bass in NI Massive

Why reach for the nearest preset in NI's Massive when you can design your own? Not only will this mean your sounds are unique, but you can learn lots and have fun in the process.

Using Reason's Thor Sequencer for Phrase Sequencing

Propellerhead Reason is chocka full of hidden features and functionality. In this tutorial G. W. Childs shows how to make a melodic pattern in Thor that changes pitch dependant on the keys you press.

Fun with Loopmash FX in Cubase 7.5

If you’re familiar with using Loopmash as an instrument, prepare to have your musical mind blown as Hollin Jones unleashes its potential as an effects processor in Cubase 7.5.

Creating Stereo From Mono Tracks In Logic Pro X

Most times you'll record instruments in mono to a single channel, but sometimes you may want to beef these up in the mix and create stereo versions. Here's how, in Logic Pro X.